“Containing three big chunks of pork ribs and a few slices of radish, the Soto Balung Babi packs a flavour that you wouldn’t be able to experience anywhere else.“
Founded by the in-laws of Bu Dayu in 1975, Warung Sederhana Bu Dayu has been through a lot. During the glory days of this joint – located on Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai in Denpasar – one could find several of its branches dotted across the island. Unfortunately, the wheels came off as things didn’t go as planned, forcing Bu Dayu’s hand to cease their operation and pinning all her hopes on her flagship shop.
During its infancy, the eatery focused solely on serving Nasi Campur Bali (Balinese mixed rice). Around 15 years ago, it introduced three new items to its menu: Steak Babi Bumbu Bali (pork steak in Balinese spices), Iga Bakar (grilled pork ribs) and Soto Balung Babi (pork rib soup). As this was the only place that I could find that serves the latter, which has become its signature dish and a local favourite, it was too good of an opportunity to miss out. When I got there, the average-sized shop was packed, with only three vacant tables left for me to choose from. Most of the customers were tucking in to the Soto Balung Babi, and seeing their gratified expressions as they noshed the soup heightened my curiosity even further regarding its taste.
Don’t be fooled by its simple appearance. Containing three big chunks of pork ribs and a few slices of radish, it packs a flavour that you wouldn’t be able to experience anywhere else. The pork broth was a tad sweet with slight peppery aftertaste, akin to the Sop Buntut(oxtail soup) that you would normally find in Jakarta. The way the ribs were cooked was perfect, with the spices and the seasoning mixing well with the meat and taking the juiciness of pork up a notch. To give the broth a little extra kick, I threw in some kaffir lime and dropped a spoon of sambal into it, which I would recommend you to follow suit.
Jl. By Pass Gusti Ngurah Rai No. 208,
Open from Monday to Saturday from 11am to 3am
Rp.35,000/US$2.60 per person